Memory trail for dementia suffers

by | 14 August 2019 | Art, Heritage, Retford, Worksop

A memory trail, the first of its kind in the East Midlands area, has been developed and is available at Saint John’s Church, Carlton in Lindrick for anyone to use. Although other trails have been formulated in a few places in the country, this trail is aimed for people living with dementia, their carers and family.

The wording of each section of the trail has been determined and endorsed by healthcare professionals in the field of mental health and dementia and is designed to encourage tactile and sensory activity. This is a new venture for the Arts Society Dukeries, extending the society’s church recordings and ‘trails of discovery’ aimed for children, adapting and extending these earlier trails specifically for people with dementia.

The trails are designed to provide enjoyable activity for people living with dementia when visiting the church, helping to jog memories, prompting conversation and discussion with carers and family.

Members of the Arts Society Dukeries committee attended the local memory café at the Civic Centre Carlton, to explain these trails and the group said they would visit the church following one of their memory cafe mornings. The Alzheimer’s ‘Singing for the Brain’ group have also been informed.

The society intends to provide other trails in other local churches and buildings of historic interest, informing local Alzheimer’s patients groups as they become available. If you know of a local church or local historic buildings that could be suitable for such a memory trail, please call Gill on 01909 540506.